As I stood on the front porch of our cabin I could see the heavy fog sitting over the mountain tops. True to it’s name, the smoky mountains create a mysterious mist around the mountain peeks.
This early morning I decided to go for a tranquil walk to listen, hear and meditate on God’s great creation. Walking down the trail I could hear the birds singing, the water falling From the trees and the creek below.
Every step I took produced a crunching sound of the rocks and peebles under my feet. At one point I looked down and saw a brilliant, golden rock. It looked like gold. Then I remembered what the river rafting guide told us about fool’s gold.
He said the area is filled with “fool’s gold”. Fool’s gold is a common nickname for pyrite. Pyrite is worth virtually nothing, but has an appearance that “fools” people into believing it’s gold.
The term has long been used by gold buyers and prospectors, who were amused by excited people who thought they had found gold. People didn’t know how to tell the difference between pyrite and gold. Their ignorance caused them to look foolish and chase after the worthless mineral.
Today we do the same. Many of us treasure things of no eternal value. Our jobs, cars, material possessions, etc. I found myself doing this until God convicted me. Matthew 6:19-21 reminds us where the true treasure is.
God makes it clear that we are to value what he values. It doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy things he blesses us with. We just can’t worship the created things more then the Creator.
Make a list of what you value most today. Which are storing for yourselves treasures in heaven and how?
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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